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U.S. warns that Arab revolts are exposing religious intolerance
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that Arab revolts are exposing religious intolerance.
September 13th, 2011
06:42 PM ET

U.S. warns that Arab revolts are exposing religious intolerance

By Elise Labott, CNN

Washington (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Tuesday about an often overlooked downside to the Arab Spring.

The popular revolts against longtime dictators in the Middle East and North Africa may have given hope to millions of Arabs, but the State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom Report found that the uprisings have exposed ethnic and religious minorities to new dangers.

Growing religious intolerance, Clinton warned, threatened to undermine these fragile democratic transitions.

“People have been killed by their own neighbors because of their ethnicity or faith. In other places, we have seen governments stand by while sectarian violence inflamed by religious animosities tears communities apart.”

Urging nations in the region to embrace the freedom to worship for all faiths as they embrace political pluralism for the first time in generations, Clinton warned them not to “trade one form of repression for another.”

In particular, the report, which reviewed religious liberties in 198 countries, singled out Egypt, where there have been clashes between Muslims and Christians and there been several attacks against Copts. The U.S. called on the military government to pass laws protecting all religions. It also noted significant problems in Iraq, where religious minorities and Shiite pilgrims have been the targets of devastating attacks.

Clinton noted Monday's attack by gunmen on Shiite pilgrims in Iraq, calling it a “hateful, senseless” act that had “no aim other than to undermine the fabric of peaceful society.”
Elsewhere in the region, the U.S. has expressed concern about treatment of ethnic minorities in Libya and sectarian violence in Syria.

In Pakistan, the report cited the government for using a blasphemy law that to prosecute religious minorities and, in some cases, Muslims who promote tolerance or to settle personal vendettas. Several politicians and officials have been assassinated for calling for report of the law.

As the worst offenders, Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Uzbekistan remained “countries of particular concern.”

The designation means the countries engaged in or tolerated “severe violations of religious freedom,” including persecution, harassment, abuse, discrimination and detention of religious minorities or activists and the prohibition of practicing religions not sanctioned by the government.

Countries of particular concern are subject to U.S. sanctions if they fail to take greater steps to protect religious freedom. The U.S. has slapped six of the eight on the list with sanctions, but Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan were exempted.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent that monitors religious liberties worldwide, had urged the U.S. to add Iraq, Egypt and Pakistan, along with Vietnam and Nigeria, to the watch list. Other countries cited for religious intolerance were Afghanistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Venezuela.

State Department officials said the Iraq and Pakistan have taken significant measures to protect religious freedom over last year. While more needed to be done, officials who prepared the report felt it would be unfair to punish those countries while they were trying to improve their records and wanted to encourage them.

But those nations aren't exactly getting a free pass. Michael Posner, assistant secretary for democracy, human rights and labor, urged countries with problems to continue to address them. The U.S. was prepared, he warned, to add countries to the blacklist "if the situation warrants."

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Africa • Belief • Church and state • Egypt • Foreign policy

soundoff (198 Responses)
  1. hippypoet

    The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent that monitors religious liberties worldwide, had urged the U.S. to add Iraq, Egypt and Pakistan, along with Vietnam and Nigeria, to the watch list. Other countries cited for religious intolerance were Afghanistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Venezuela

    i wonder, is the only reason the u.s. is not on the list because it is a u.s. based independent ? because we belong there, we are sadly very religiously intolerant.

    September 15, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  2. Laura

    Who didn't see this coming? Really? The old saying "the devil you know is better than the devil you dont"... well there goes all the dictators that at least held the region in a strained peace. Now you will have new leaders who threaten war. I was explaining this to my children last week when they saw the news clips of the rioters burning the Israeli embassy in Egypt. No oppression is not good, but uncertainty and war is worse.

    September 15, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  3. Bunny Ole

    I love how it says WARNS THAT ARAB REVOLTS ARE "'EXPOSING"" RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE – LOL it was already happening, they just didn't want us to know.

    COPT christians are the original Egyptians and have been persecuted, oppressed & killed forever.

    September 15, 2011 at 9:22 am |
    • Robert

      Haha, right? Is there anyone that actually believes religious liberty exists in Arab Muslim countries?

      September 15, 2011 at 10:26 am |
  4. ColoredMountains

    Muslims don't understand religious freedom. They need Bible education to get that concept.

    September 15, 2011 at 7:27 am |
  5. taskmaster

    Don't try to tell us that you didn't see this coming all along. If you didn't you are too stupid to be sec. of state.

    September 14, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  6. Muneef

    Any way this is not all the hatred that is there been created between faiths and between sectors, now it is more than that it is as well based on which area or tribe you are... So if such hatred in all directions not been seeded by the Western world in the MidEast then who did other than those who want to dismantle the unity of those nations to become easier to invade or control...!

    September 14, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
    • Reality

      Muneef, Muneef, Muneef,

      You still don't get the easy solution so one more time:

      Saving Muslims of any tribe is quite easy!!!

      The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:
      ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

      Are you ready?

      Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

      The First Five of the 77 Branches:

      "1. Belief in Allah"

      aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

      "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

      Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

      "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

      A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

      "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

      Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

      Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

      Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

      "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)
      alone."
      Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

      Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

      Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

      Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

      September 15, 2011 at 12:09 am |
    • Muneef

      Reality.
      What are you talking about ? We are talking about regional and tribal differences between those here...maybe if not for the Religion and the Language that still keep them in bond they would have had no mercy for each other...if not for hate it would be for the "Ruling Chairs" seeking Power and Finance... It is only that Race towards the "Ruling Chairs" which has caused all that "Rat Race"...!!! How much Blood and Blood Money has such Races wasted causing downfall of Nations...call it "Human Jealousy or call it Human Greeds" what ever it is believe me Religion if free of that even if was used as "The Sheep Skin that the Wolf had clothed"...?!

      September 15, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
    • Reality

      Simplifying it for all the tribes:

      Recognizing the flaws, follies and frauds in the foundations of Islam, Judaism and Christianity, the "bowers", kneelers" and "pew peasants" are converging these religions into some simple rules of life e.g. DO NO HARM. No koran, bible, clerics, nuns, monks, imams, evangelicals, ayatollahs, rabbis, professors of religion or priests needed or desired.

      Ditto for houses of "worthless worship" aka mosques, churches, basilicas, cathedrals, temples and synagogues.

      September 15, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
    • Muneef

      You are so far away from the Arabian Peninsular and can not understand it nor you can compare it with the life of other non Arabian Muslims...each has a culture of it's own that are different from each other... You can not judge by what you read...you got to touch people's feelings to know them for real after all people are not all the same among any belief or disbelief groups... There is Good and Bad in every One...learn to live,learn to give...! Strangely the blind was able to see it before those who can see....!?

      In Reality you might have never left the states or traveled any MidEastern country...!?

      September 16, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
    • Reality

      One more time:

      “John Hick, a noted British philosopher of religion, estimates that 95 percent of the people of the world owe their religious affiliation to an accident (the randomness) of birth. The faith of the vast majority of believers depends upon where they were born and when. Those born in Saudi Arabia will almost certainly be Moslems, and those born and raised in India will for the most part be Hindus. Nevertheless, the religion of millions of people can sometimes change abruptly in the face of major political and social upheavals. In the middle of the sixth century ce, virtually all the people of the Near East and Northern Africa, including Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Egypt were Christian. By the end of the following century, the people in these lands were largely Moslem, as a result of the militant spread of Islam.

      The Situation Today
      Barring military conquest, conversion to a faith other than that of one’s birth is rare. Some Jews, Moslems, and Hindus do convert to Christianity, but not often. Similarly, it is not common for Christians to become Moslems or Jews. Most people are satisfied that their own faith is the true one or at least good enough to satisfy their religious and emotional needs. Had St. Augustine or St. Thomas Aquinas been born in Mecca at the start of the present century, the chances are that they would not have been Christians but loyal followers of the prophet Mohammed. “ J. Somerville

      It is very disturbing that religious (and tribal) narrow- mindedness, intolerance, violence and hatred continues unabated due to randomness of birth. Maybe, just maybe if this fact would be published on the first page of every newspaper every day, that we would finally realize the significant stupidity of all religions (and tribes).

      September 17, 2011 at 10:07 am |
  7. Muneef

    Strange I thought Christians of Egypt are all Coptic but now I see the term is Muslims,Christians and Coptic?!

    September 14, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
    • Dee

      Christians are mostly protestant I believe while coptcs are more akin to the universal faith of Jesus(ie catholic)

      September 14, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
    • Muneef

      Dee.
      Thank you for explaining the difference... If you know more about those Coptic then can I ask why they are named Coptic ? And why they said that "Hajer" the mother of "Ismael" the son of "Abraham" was from the Coptics of Egypt? Then why they said the Mother of Moses was Coptics of Egypt?
      Would that mean that who were enslaved by the Pharaohs were the Coptics and had to follow Moses in the Run Away Exudes to the new "Promissed Land" and were lost for 40 years before could conquer the land "The Promissed Land of Freedoms"?!
      Kindly correct.me if wrong since there were no minorities in the Pharaohs Egypt other than the Pharaohs them selves and the Coptics...?! Just wonder whether there was any skin Colour differences between Pharaohs and Coptics of Egypt ? Or the difference was made by the dresses they worn to recognize the status or designations ?
      Did you know that the Quran states that the wife of the Pharaoh who insisted to adoupt Mosses will receive the bounty of a House in GOD's Heavens Paradise and that she is from the First Women who will enter the Heavens Paradise after the Wife of "Satan"!! Isn't that strange ? While there were other women been promised Hell for their ill doings such as the wives of "Noah" and then of (Lot/Lut)... Conclusion is that in such cases here that not all time "Birds of the Feather Flock Together"?!

      September 15, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
  8. ttwp

    "Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs." Matthew 7:6

    September 14, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
    • Little Tiny Mustache

      Another tool quoting scripture as though it's going to convert people who aren't idiots

      September 15, 2011 at 12:29 am |
    • Robert

      A very pertinent verse for this situation.

      September 15, 2011 at 10:28 am |
    • Muneef

      Hmmm.
      Meaning not to give your most respected things to whom might damage them nor share your thoughts with whom would not appreciate them...!
      Wouldn't that be considered as hoarding some thing unsharing it?

      September 15, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
  9. captain america

    It becomes increasingly apparent that the greater threat to a free America is those who would call themselves atheists.The atheist ,known liars and complainers,are maligning and undermining the noble fabric of our great nation.

    September 14, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      the noble fabric of the great nation founded by people who owned slaves?

      lololololol

      oh you people kill me deep inside with your moral compass rhetoric.

      September 14, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
    • captain america

      Definite proof of the atheist desire to destroy America.

      September 14, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      how is that?

      the bible said it's ok to own slaves

      September 14, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      the founding fathers were just being good christians and abiding by the bible

      by owning slaves

      and murdering native americans.

      September 14, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
    • JohnQuest

      The greatest threat to our home land has always been fanaticism, especially religious fanaticism.

      See, I too can assert a fact without providing a valid argument to support it.

      September 14, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
    • Muneef

      We are at an era where some unfortunate people or populations would rather be slaves where they do not need to worry about food and clothing rather than being free and starve or be naked of warm clothing...!

      Slavery still exists although has different names and functions today,our chains are the time clock controlling life.. Beside the other slavery where you do not work but rather sell enjoyment through flesh...!

      Would you say no if some one came to you and said ready to be your slave towards having food and shelter over their head, would you then refuse them saying remain free and starve to death?
      Well not every country is giving money whether worked or not as social insurance benefits and all that medical care you have...!! So you see slavery is rightful if by choice but wrongful when it is by compulsion...!

      September 14, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
    • Dee

      You have that right captain they are angry and vitriolic and why do they even read articles about religion I wonder sad let lonely souls I guess

      September 14, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
    • Little Tiny Mustache

      The true lonely souls are those that cry out to a god that does not exist.

      Such a lonely existence. I'm so thankful that I'm not one of your kind.

      It's a shame so many of you religious people exist.

      September 15, 2011 at 12:14 am |
    • Laura

      You have NO IDEA how many atheists there are out there who aren't loud and abusive and hateful. The ones you hear screaming are the fanatics just like with Christianity. The majority of US aren't crazy and hell bent on destroying America. We love our country and our freedom TOO.

      September 15, 2011 at 11:54 am |
    • Muneef

      Well well

      They said ;
      In India President Obama will have to deal with many threats including monkeys. This video shows the scope of the monkey problem in India.
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/08/obamas-india-trip-terrori_n_780304.html

      I say; 
      It seems President Obama will have to deal with many threats including Monkeys Threats in America as with such Evolutionists  !!

      September 15, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
  10. THE BROWN NOTE

    Why should we be tolerant of religion?

    I say ban it, and all the mongrels that believe in it.

    And while we're at it, send oprah winfrey and dr. phil with them.

    Religious people do nothing but stink up our streets and breathe our air. They are a waste of life. Every last one of them. They lie. They cheat. They steal. And then when they get caught, they ask for forgiveness in prison. And then they become all peace -loving and junk. All for what? So we can pay for their food and a place to stay in prison?

    I've got an imaginary friend in jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesus.

    BAN RELIGION PLEASE.

    And please ship all the religious people to north korea or something. Let the government there deal with them.

    September 14, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
    • Dee

      Small minds like yours always make me laugh thanks for the chuckle moron

      September 14, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      ...sigh ...and the Radicals from our side will say since you are in the minority it would be easier to ship your side to North Korea.

      Once again, it is the Militants on both sides all echoing each other almost word for word. 😦

      September 14, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
    • Little Tiny Mustache

      Small mind Dee?

      Let me guess, you're one of those people that think women and black folks have smaller brains than white people. How does it feel being a racist and a bigot?

      September 15, 2011 at 12:16 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      I am a African American and I disagree with what he or she said. Just because you disagree does that mean that debate stops and we move down to just insults?

      September 15, 2011 at 2:06 am |
    • Dan

      Mark, you're right. These "sound-off" pages always seem to deteriorate into insults, name calling, and venom. I'm reasonably confident that the things most of these folks say in these comments would never actually be said to someone's face (at least I do hope they have a sufficient social filter to hold their tounges). But give them the anonymity of this forum, especially when the subject has anything to do with relegion, and man, they're off and running. I think I'll just shut it down now.

      September 15, 2011 at 9:27 am |
  11. JohnQuest

    I think the US veto threat if Palestine pursues Statehood is religious intolerance and Racist and just plain silly.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • Scarlett Johansson's Pear-Shaped Ass

      I think you're an ignorant racist blowhole. Or a Muslim. Or most likely both. Come here you sweet little MoMo and give me a big, juicy kiss. Mmmmm.... wah!

      September 14, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
    • Bob Harris

      Is there much of a line to kiss Scarlett Johansson's pear-shaped ass? I'll sign up if the wait isn't too long.

      September 14, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
    • JohnQuest

      Name calling only shows your ignorance, if you have a sound, valid argument to support your position lets hear it. If not, you really don't have anything to say, do you?

      September 14, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      agreed john. no one deserves to be called a muslim.

      September 14, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  12. sharky

    So Arab Spring is good, but Arab Spring is bad. Seriously people make up your minds already.

    September 14, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      It would be good if there weren't any muslims involved

      September 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
  13. hereforareason

    Albert said "Your declarations that there can be only one "god" and that "god" is yours IS INTOLERANT."

    His declaration is no more intolerant that is yours. When you declare someone to be intolerant, you too are speaking in absolutes. Hence, your definition of intolerance is an apt definition of your way of thinking.

    It is not wrong to declare as John Stef... did that there is one God. Intolerance is not even absolutely wrong. I don't tolerate smoking in my home. It is what we do about our beliefs and ideas and absolutes that cause problems, not our beliefs.

    If you come into my home and smoke Albert, I will politely ask you to smoke outside. If you refuse to leave my home I will not pull out a weapon. I will call the police if you don't leave at all. What I do about my intolerance for smoking determines the right and the wrong of the matter, not my intolerance.

    John Stef.... did not advocate the denial of anyone's rights. He simply wondered aloud if his beliefs would ever be less tolerated. Yes, there are some Christians who are intolerant. However, it is wrong to paint people with a broad brush as you have with your post. He is strong in his belief. Are you strong in yours, whatever it may be? Is it as strong as his belief? Does that make you intolerant? Of course not.

    So lets explore the logic of your post. Some Christians are intolerant. John is a Christian, therefore John is intolerant. And you are the smart one in the room?

    September 14, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      there is no god. so how is he being intolerant? At least atheists don't go around killing people because of what god they believe in.

      by the way, you shouldn't speak in absolutes by telling someone they're being intolerant. Who are you to judge anyway? Judgmental judger. if god existed, HELLFIRE BRIMSTONE is what you'd be sniffing, pal.

      September 14, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
  14. Frank Rizzo

    Who gives a rats @ss? Really............

    September 14, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Leif

      About your apathy? Noone.

      September 14, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • JohnQuest

      I do, my son is an Ensign, my daughter will be a Second John in a couple months, I do really care.

      September 14, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
    • Robert

      Wow, just don't comment then. Some of us care about religious freedom.

      September 15, 2011 at 10:30 am |
  15. Reality

    From p. 1:

    Arab Spring, Summer, Winter or Fall, it makes no difference since the koran, one of the worst books ever composed by men is the operating manual for Sunnis and Shiites or any other Muslim group.

    To wit:

    What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon? And what drives today's 24/7 mosque/imam-planned acts of terror and horror? The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means. Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed. Then we can talk about the safety and location of mosques and what is taught therein.

    Until then, no female or male Muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere..................................

    September 14, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      You are correct. NONE of them.

      Same goes for christians too. They're liars. and hypocrites. ALL of them

      September 14, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  16. William Demuth

    Albert

    Welcome to the war.

    September 14, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  17. AGuest9

    Religious intolerance? In the Middle East? The concept!

    September 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      How many National Geographic and historians state that there were periods when religious tolerance was not only the norm but honored duty. If you listen to the media you will hear black and white division lines but when you talk to Muslims and Jews you find that things are not as clear cut as the media states they are. You have Jews in Muslim countries and Muslim countries having known ties with Israel. So close are they that I am almost believing that a little over half of Muslims here in the states have a Jewish acquaintance even if it is just a butcher.

      September 14, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
    • Out on the back 40

      Did you sneeze and type "National Geographic" by accident? It doesn't make much sense there. Not that we expect a lot of sense from you, but that was particularly bizarre.

      Muslims with Jewish butchers? Where the hell did THAT come from? Have you had a stroke or something?

      Are you okay? Your posts are getting weirder and weirder.

      September 14, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Get out ...talk to a few Muslims. If a Muslim is unable to find a Halal butcher for many their Faith says that they can seek out Kosher Butchers.

      With Muslim community only recently branching out of the urban areas many have found found themselves going to Jewish Butchers, and with that contact and sometimes friendships have been the product.

      Really, you didn't know about Halal food requirements?

      September 14, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
  18. J.W

    This is good. This is just one more step to having peace in the middle east.

    September 14, 2011 at 11:26 am |
    • William Demuth

      Don't you mean PIECE?

      September 14, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      And by piece I hope you mean a giant glass bowl

      September 14, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
    • Laura

      I second the glass bowl.

      September 15, 2011 at 11:58 am |
  19. John Stefanyszyn

    ...but there is, and can be, Only One Creator God ...and His Son, the Christ, is the Only True Way of life..

    ....Christ never taught man to hate or kill...He taught to love the One and Only True Creator and to love , with the righteousness of the Father, our neighbor and our enemies. He stood for and confessed this and was killed for this. He was also resurrected for this.

    ...will the confessing of the Christ and the One and Only True God be also included, in the name of freedom of religion, in the category of dangerous "religious intolerance" / "religious fanaticism" by the US and all democratic nations?

    September 14, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • Shadowflash1522

      It's to whom you confess and the manner in which you confess that is the issue (by the way, why are you confessing? did you commit a crime?)

      If you want to confess among yourselves and your fellow religious, great. If you want to confess on the streetcorner and be obnoxious, less great but it's a free country. However, if you want to confess on my doorstep, in my face, or force my children to "confess" as well then you have indeed crossed the line into "religious intolerance".

      September 14, 2011 at 11:08 am |
    • William Demuth

      John Stefanyszyn

      Allah Fubar
      Jesus NFG

      September 14, 2011 at 11:09 am |
    • Albert

      Your declarations that there can be only one "god" and that "god" is yours IS INTOLERANT.
      You insist that your way is the only way.
      That is intolerance. Religious intolerance. Why we let people like you even say anything in public is because the rest of us are exercising a great deal of religious tolerance towards your narrow-minded intolerant bigotry.
      When religious bigotry is protected, freedom has gone too far.

      September 14, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • Bill/Fl

      .

      September 14, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
    • Bill/Fl

      John,

      Amen!

      September 14, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
    • ttwp

      It sad to see some are offended and consider it religious intolerance by spreading the good news of Jesus Christ.

      "And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.” Matthew 11:6

      September 14, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      oh here we go quoting scripture... if you want I can pull up the bible verses about how christians are instructed to kill certain groups of people.

      i can paste lot of scripture you won't like and then of course you'll say that it isn't what the bible really means. But then I can post a scripture that states that no scripture is to be interpreted, and then you'll say, "but that's not what it really means" because you know deep down that the bible is a book of trash, lies, killing and intolerance and hate and spite and hate.

      September 14, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
    • ttwp

      "Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs.: Matthew 7:6

      September 14, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
    • Little Tiny Mustache

      Exodus 33:23
      God moons Moses.

      Judges 9:13
      "Wine cheereth God and man."

      Ezekiel 13:18-20
      "Thus saith the Lord God, Woe to the women that sew pillows.... Behold, I am against your pillows."

      Luke 20:35
      The Sadducees, a Jewish sect that rejected the idea of resurrection, try to entrap Jesus by asking him the following question: If a woman marries a husband who then dies, and she remarries, and if this happens multiple times, which man's wife will she be in Heaven? Jesus responds that "they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage."

      In other words, Jesus said that only people who never married will go to Heaven. This means that Adam, Abraham, Noah, Moses, David, Lot, Solomon, Joseph and Mary, Peter – practically all the heroes and great figures of the Bible – will be condemned.

      Wonderful book of comedy that bible is.

      And murder.

      September 15, 2011 at 12:24 am |
    • ttwp

      @Little Red Mustache: How can they be condemned? Scripture goes on to state: "But in the account of the bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”

      How can Abraham be condemned? Jesus himself says, "...for he calls the Lord...""the God of Abraham..." How can Abraham be his God, if he is condemned?

      September 15, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  20. William Demuth

    Exposing yes, causing no.

    Religions are inherently predatory, and only one can survive.

    Each cult, and each subset of the cult, and each subset of the subset of the cult needs worker bees to feed the hive.

    If the liars who claim divine insight want to continue to sap the blood of society they need victims.

    As the potential pool of victims grow, each subset has its indoctrinated followers make war with the others.

    Only the most mercenary and ruthless survive, by assimilating the available and annihilating the opposition.

    We stand on the brink of a great schism in the world order, with both social, economic, military and political indicators pointing towards social upheaval and escalating conflict.

    Put on your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

    September 14, 2011 at 10:40 am |
    • cromagnonymous

      If they would only hurry up and kill each other! Then the rest of us could get on with the business of living realistically.

      September 14, 2011 at 10:50 am |
    • William Demuth

      cromagnonymous

      Agreed, but the minor issue that many of them now Nuclear, Chemical and Biological weapons does NOT bode well for it being a minor conflict.

      September 14, 2011 at 10:56 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Bill, Bill, and more Bill.

      Amen.

      September 14, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Actually HeavenSent, in the new world order you might be queen for a day.

      Then one of your fellow believers will burn YOU at the stake, so they can be queen for a day.

      Just try to remember one thing.

      He who lives by the Bible, oftimes dies by it as well!

      September 14, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
    • Albert

      There is a very real and well-hidden agenda by those in power to divide and conquer. All world societies are shattered already into thousands of little ideological islands so small that none of them can agree with each other.
      This is how the world continues into the future. Internecine squabbles and intra-mural fighting amidst different factions all mixed up and non-cohesive.
      The ones in power sit back and laugh. They don't laugh on the way to the bank. They own the banks. They own most of everything. They don't need to do much but stir the pot every now and then. So easy to divide, so hard to coalesce.
      Humanity is in a new Dark Age. But we have cookies and cake, so we don't march in the streets. That's one lesson the rich have learned – let them have stuff to lose, then we can control them and keep them from deposing us.

      September 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      albert

      if it's so well-hidden, how did you stumble upon this piece of information?

      it sucks to be us, since we're all in the dark and don't know anything apparently

      September 14, 2011 at 9:17 pm |
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